I’ve been seeing everyone’s pictures of their children’s first days of school lately. Well, tomorrow is the first *official* day of classes at my school, and I’m pumped. But I won’t be posting a “first day as a ‘real’ teacher” picture of myself tomorrow.
Instead, I’ll post a few of my “first day” pictures from my own childhood! Even better!
Fun flashbacks! Anyway, the last 2 weeks have been filled with meetings and orientations of all sorts. Technology. New policies. HR info. You name it.
This week, we finally got to meet/see the students, starting with parent-student-teacher meetings on Monday. I was nervous, but everything went really well and I learned a lot about my students whom I’ll be advising this year. Then yesterday and today were orientation days for students, so they came to school during regular hours but they didn’t have classes.
I haven’t been too anxious so far, except for this morning when I woke up at 3 a.m. and couldn’t fall back asleep because my heart was racing, my stomach was knotting, and thoughts about myself as an incompetent and terrible teacher kept running through my head. I ended up laying in bed for an extra 2 hours before finally giving in and getting up half an hour before my alarm (which was originally set for 6).
Sigh. So needless to say, I’m pooped today. But I am excited to finally start teaching tomorrow! Plus it’s nice that we only have 2 days left this week, so it should be a smooth two days.
My room still looks pretty bare because only 2 of my 8 posters have been delivered. My advisory students want a plant in the room to spruce it up and I couldn’t agree more! They also named a couple other things they would like…more posters (on the way!) and a small basketball hoop to put near the recycling bin. I’m going to look into stuff maybe tomorrow or just wait until the weekend.
Or I’ll make sure they meet my demands and can be responsible and respectful teenage boys before meeting any of their demands. We’ll see.
But I’m prepared for the next couple days and have a rough timeline set for what I want to cover next week. And I have stickers, so obviously it’s all good.